Saturday, March 05, 2011

Where's Tyche, the (10th) 9th planet? Getting the full story

Where's Tyche, the 10th 9th planet? Getting the full story
Kunio M. Sayanagi | March 2, 2011 7:29 PM

"On February 14th, the UK's Daily Mail reported the possible discovery of a planet four times bigger than Jupiter and lurking in the outer solar system. From there, the story quickly spread like a wildfire on the Internet, seeing coverage by mainstream outlets including the Huffington Post and TIME online. The tone of various news stories varied from “Tyche, Giant Hidden Planet, May Exist In Our Solar System” (The Huffington Post) to “Astronomers Question Existence of Solar System's Mystery Planet Tyche” (Fox News). So, is there really a new planet lying out there?"

The idea sounds intriguing, but I'm not one of those that thinks there is a Jovian sized planet out that far. There might be something there but it would seem, to me at least, that a large body that far out would have trouble keeping in orbit.

But then, I'm not a celestial physicist.

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